(F) West Somerset Mineral Rly feeder

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(F) West Somerset Mineral Rly feeder

Postby Trevor Coburn » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:25 pm

While wandering around the web (as one does), looking for somthing else, I came across this site:


Then amongst other images came across these two:

http://www.westsomersetmineralrailway.o ... 5=8961&p=6

http://www.westsomersetmineralrailway.o ... 5=8941&p=9

Both sub 2' gauge. And proves that 'V' skips were used underground ... not Loco worked, but as it's so long ago, modelers licence would surely come into play!

There are also drawings of various mine & railway buildings.
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Postby chris krupa » Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:40 am

That's a very interesting web site. It is obvious that a lot more research has been done on the whole area than was available when the books were written. Both will though, I am sure, be well out of print by now.

However, despite the obvious hand working of the mine itself, there was at least one steam loco - a small Bagnall wing tank. Roy Link has made a model of it or of a very similar one (and no it isn't Excelsior I am thinking of).


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Postby Simon Andrews » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:33 pm

Roy Link has made a model of it or of a very similar one.

Inspired by Bagnall 0-4-0WT no 300 of 1880. You can see some pictures on Roy's Crowsnest Tramway site:



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Postby Rob R » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:36 am

The caption to this photo quotes 16 inch gauge:


Spot on for us!

Mind you, I've always fancied a Neilson box tank ever since I saw Iain Rice's P4 version on Tregarrick.

hmmm... that's the best part of 25 years ago now :shock:

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